#214 – Can CloudFlare R2 Disrupt AWS S3?

#214 – Can CloudFlare R2 Disrupt AWS S3?

Chris EvansAWS, Cloud, CloudFlare, Garbage Collection, Object Storage, Storage Unpacked Podcast

This week, Chris and Martin discuss the announcement from CloudFlare of R2, a new object storage solution. With such a widely dispersed CDN network, could CloudFlare become a real competitor for S3, considering that the R2 platform will have no egress fees? This episode digs into the details, to look at what additional features object storage vendors need in their arsenal and whether there’s any other vendor likely to come close to competing with AWS.

At the outset of the podcast, Chris mentions Dark Star, which did indeed have a tiny budget of only $60,000.

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  • 00:00:00 – Intros
  • 00:00:22 – The nights are pulling in!
  • 00:02:04 – CloudFlare has announced R2 – an object store
  • 00:03:53 – R2 will have no egress charges
  • 00:06:10 – The USP for CloudFlare is CDN access
  • 00:08:33 – CDN vendors could enter the object market
  • 00:09:25 – Would a CloudFlare object store disrupt AWS S3?
  • 00:12:00 – What are the expected features of modern cloud object storage?
  • 00:16:38 – R2 is likely to be targeted at large, diverse customers
  • 00:18:10 – We could see some new ways to move data between clouds
  • 00:20:43 – Data workflow will be affected by the cost structures of cloud
  • 00:24:44 – Will AWS negotiate on egress charges?
  • 00:26:38 – Could AWS and others innovate with new solutions?
  • 00:30:16 – Is it time for a bold move for a business like Cisco?
  • 00:31:30 – Is there any real disruption occurring?
  • 00:34:47 – Wrap Up

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